Annual Keynsham duck race off after 23 years

April 29 2019

For the first time in 23 years, Keynsham’s annual charity duck race will not be taking place this summer, organisers have confirmed.

The fundraising event has been a popular part of the programme at Keynsham Music Festival every year since 1996, taking place on the Sunday afternoon in Keynsham Memorial Park.

Organised by Keynsham and District Lions Club, around 1,500 ducks are released into the River Chew from the bridge near the Bandstand with prizes for the people whose sponsored ducks are first to cross the finish line. There has also been a separate race for ducks sponsored by local businesses.

The event has raised around £30,000 for local charities and good causes over the years but it will not return this summer, the Lions Club has announced.

A spokesperson said: “Unfortunately with dwindling membership and infirmity, the Lions Club have been having difficulty staffing this event. Although we have received offers of help from individuals and organisations, this assistance has not come to fruition.

“It is therefore with regret that the Keynsham and District Lions Club will not be running a duck race at the 2019 Music Festival. We thank all members of the public who have supported us over 23 years of running this popular event.”